TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2 – A book about unproduced toys is LIVE on Kickstarter
February 7, 2019

Volume 2 Over Half-Way Funded in the First 24 hours!

 

 

In early 2017, I brought my new book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1, to Kickstarter. After the 30-day campaign the book was successfully funded, and in the early fall of 2017, the book was delivered to backers. Reaction to the book was extremely favorable… and humbling. It showcased both unproduced toys from popular properties, such as Star Wars, Sectaurs and Earthworm Jim and complete lines that were never produced like Hasbro’s Dark Crystal, Knickerbocker’s Krull and Mattel’s Fleas. My goal was to both showcase the art and passion that went into these projects as well as showing readers something they had never seen before. There was no other book in the world like TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 1… until now.

TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2 sheds new light on a fresh range of boys toys projects that made it into development (some all the way to prototype stage), but for one reason or another did not make it to retail shelves, as well as those that did hit stores, but had plans for additional toys canceled. Did you know that Galoob showcased an action figure line based on the 1984 film The Last Starfighter at that year’s Toy Fair? How about the canceled plans for Year 2 and 3 of Hasbro’s Inhumanoids line? What about Magic The Gathering? Dinotopia? Harry Potter?

Written and compiled by me, the 200-plus page, hardcover book will take an in-depth look at over 20 instances of toy lines that suffered these type of fates. Stories will be supplemented with supporting photographs of the production process, existing prototypes, control drawings used to create the sculpts, concept sketches and more. The stories (and supplemental materials) have come straight from the men and women that lived them — from inventors and sculptors to project managers and toy company executives — as well as from the uber-collectors that seek out and showcase these materials.

Like the first book, TOYS THAT TIME FORGOT VOL 2 is an art/history book. It is not a guide designed to log each figure and each accessory in a static format. It presents these ‘lost’ toys in dynamic, eye-catching ways that showcase both the toys as art and their respective places in history. VOLUME 2, like its predecessor, is split into three sections: The Golden Age (1980s), Darker Times (1990s) and The Gilded Age (2000s). Each section will have entries representing a healthy mix of both licensed and inventor-based products… some of which again have never been seen by the public.

For more information on backer rewards and to order the book check out the Kickstarter campaign here.  But don’t delay!  You only have 29 days left!

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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